Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2017

Norwegian Spam

I get a lot of comments here which you never see. Utter nonsense and obvious spam. And the occasional troll. They never get through. This one, however, amused me in its going the extra mile in complete stupidity. Such dedication in turning English into incomprehensible word salad should not go unmarked. “Comment: I liked up […]

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Just a week after I mention snakes in Liuzhou comes the news that a 66-year-old man in south Liuzhou was lying on his sofa at home,  watching television, when he was bitten by a cobra. Fortunately in a way, Mr Zhu had been bitten in his youth by the very type of snake I mentioned […]

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Another Fishy Tale

China Daily (English version) has a story where the reporter gets himself tied up in geographical knots. The first paragraph states that the events take place “in Liuzhou”. The second para says “160 kilometres away from Liuzhou”. Which is correct? Well, both are. The story’s setting is Rongshui County which is in Liuzhou Prefecture, but […]

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Friday Food 182 – Chinese Celery

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are looking at celery with a difference. There are two types of celery widely available in China. First is what we westerners think of as regular celery (Apium graveolens), known in […]

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Snake Arrested and Released

Several years ago, I was sitting in a now long-gone Liuzhou bar and got chatting with an American guy who was working in the city. I forget how, but somehow, the topic turned to snakes. The guy said that he had a serious snake phobia. In fact, he looked rather ill just talking about them. […]

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Sex Assault Voyeurism in Liuzhou – Maybe

I have some serious doubts about the veracity of elements of this story supposedly in Liuzhou and reported by Shanghaiist, a site I’ve had accuracy issues with before. According to their report a drunken young man passed out on a public bench in Liuzhou. Well, despite20 years in the city, I’ve never seen a public […]

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New Electric Car

General Motors is again taking full credit for a product produced by Liuzhou based SAIC-GM-Wuling in which it is a minority shareholder. They have announced the launch of a new electric car, the Baojun E100 which will retail at around 33,000元 (USD $5,000; GBP £3,800). With a 29kw motor, the car has a 100 mile […]

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Friday Food 181 – Crayfish

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are fishing for invaders. Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs or yabbies – whatever you call them – have in recent years become ridiculously popular in summer. Often served […]

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Ducking Out Of Poverty

Rongshui Miao Autonomous County of Liuzhou lies to the north of the city proper. It is a mountainous area populated largely by the Miao people, but also has other ethnic minorities.. Most people there are subsidence farmers and there is  a great deal of poverty. In order to relieve this, in recent times fifteen duck […]

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Life Bans

According to figures released by Guangxi Public Security Bureau Traffic Police Corps, 169 people have been give life driving bans in Guangxi, ten of which were in Liuzhou. Six cases involved drunk driving and the remainder were for hit-and-run accidents caused by dangerous driving. In most cases, the life ban was imposed because the incidents […]

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